Tried and True methods for Laundry Stain Removal

I thought it would be easy to put an article together about laundry stain removal tips. I thought it would be no sweat to do a bit of online research about laundry stains, collect my findings in an article, and then publish it. The problem lay in the fact that there was no agreement on what really delivered results. Some of the tips made me think about cooking: “use white vinegar” or “sprinkle on salt to absorb the liquid.” Which was correct? What would deliver the best results?

I started with research online and then I experimented.

Here’s what I know: If your item is not able to be washed or if it costs too much to replace it, you should allow a dry cleaner to take out the stain as soon as you can. These places legally possess restricted chemicals for the express purpose of stain removal.

For fabrics that are washable, this is what worked for me. A multi-colored cotton cloth was subjected to four inch applications of foundation makeup, mascara, and lipstick. First I experimented with rubbing alcohol and a famous brand of solvent cleaner, with no success. Following that, I tried my normal laundry pre-wash stain remover with surfactants and enzymes, but containing zero phosphates. Then, the stains got treated with my normal liquid laundry detergent — no phosphates, just surfactants and enzymes. Last, I successfully removed all the stains by applying a paste of Borax and laundry detergent to the fabric and rubbing it.

In my next experiment, I spread mustard and ketchup on older nylon and cotton garments. I applied substantial quantities of condiments onto each article and let it soak in for thirty minutes. I tried my previous attempts of stain removal once the item had been rinsed. This time around the end results were less impressive — though only faint traces remained of the ketchup, most of the mustard was still stained on the fabric. After rinsing the articles in cold water, I hand-washed them using liquid laundry detergent and chlorine bleach. There was a small shadow of the mustard stain, but the ketchup stain was completely gone. I was still pleased with the results.

Ultimately, your best stain removal bet is to combine Borax/chlorine bleach with laundry detergents that contain surfactants and enzymes. A word of warning: regular laundry detergent is the only safe product to mix with chlorine bleach. Lethal toxic fumes can be formed by improper mixtures.

As the owner of a coin operated laundry facility, Joann Charamuga knows how important it is to keep the machines running smoothly. Joann uses and trusts Web Laundry, a Hawaii laundry service business, to do an exceptional job at maintaining her laundry services.

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